Every year, we write and vote on resolutions that address issues in our communities. We have the ear of many provincial government ministers who we ask to take action on our resolutions or provide information as to what it currently being done to address specific issues.
Over the past year, there have been a few tragedies of young people who died driving on gravel roads due to inexperience. This prompted us to review our resolutions over the years and recommend that training on gravel roads be included as part of the Manitoba Public Insurance Drivers’ Education program.
Here are the 3 resolutions we have passed on this issue:
April 1994 – On-Road Driver Education From Crow Wing Farm Women’s Institute And Greenridge Women’s Institute
BE IT RESOLVED that Manitoba Women’s Institute inform the provincial government of their strong support for the high school driver training program, including the on—road portion; and
FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that Manitoba Women’s Institute request that in rural areas two or three lessons be taken on gravel roads. **
April 2001 re Driver’s Education – Pleasant Valley Women’s Institute
BE IT RESOLVED that Manitoba Women’s Institute urge the Manitoba Government body responsible for the training and licensing of vehicle drivers to approve the incorporation of “gravel experience” as a mandatory component of the Driver’s Education Program.
April 2013 – Unpaved roadway driving instruction – Woodmore Women’s Institute
BE IT RESOLVED that the Manitoba Women’s Institute urge the Minister responsible for Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (MPIC) to implement unpaved roadway driving instruction into the Driver Education Program.
As a result, we have sent letters to the Minister of Crown Services, the Minister of Infrastructure, Manitoba Public Insurance, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the RCMP, in support of this initiative.
CAA Manitoba also addressed this issue in their Summer 2017 magazine. You can read the article here.